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Front Office and Staff Bio

Clark Hunt
Chairman and CEO

Biography

Clark Hunt has been involved in the leadership of the Kansas City Chiefs for more than a decade and currently serves as the club's chairman and CEO.

In January 2013, Hunt ushered in a new era of Chiefs leadership, hiring Head Coach Andy Reid on Jan. 7 and General Manager John Dorsey a week later on Jan. 14. Hunt also introduced a structure change within the organization, announcing that for the first time in club history, the head coach, the general manager and the team president would all report directly to the chairman and CEO.

Clark Hunt has been involved in the leadership of the Kansas City Chiefs for more than a decade and currently serves as the club's chairman and CEO.

In January 2013, Hunt ushered in a new era of Chiefs leadership, hiring Head Coach Andy Reid on Jan. 7 and General Manager John Dorsey a week later on Jan. 14. Hunt also introduced a structure change within the organization, announcing that for the first time in club history, the head coach, the general manager and the team president would all report directly to the chairman and CEO.

"We are thrilled to welcome both Andy and John to the Chiefs family. Each of them is well-respected across the league and brings a great amount of experience to the team. I am very excited for the future of Chiefs football under Andy, John and President Mark Donovan," Hunt said. "I truly believe we have the best leaders in place to guide this franchise to many successful seasons."

In 2012, the Hunts and the Chiefs celebrated 50 years of Chiefs football in Kansas City, paying tribute to Chiefs fans, the Kansas City community, and throughout the entire Chiefs Kingdom.

As part of the year-long anniversary of his father, Lamar Hunt, relocating the team to Kansas City, Hunt initiated a number of fan and game day elements to honor five decades of Chiefs football. As part of the celebration, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to reward each season ticket account holder with a personalized Chiefs Nike jersey. In addition to the free jersey, the club introduced a "STH" patch for the jersey that is available exclusively to Chiefs Season Ticket Holders.

Other highlights of the 50-year celebration included a Chiefs fan celebration tour to locations in Missouri and Kansas, as well as the announcement of the Kansas City Chiefs Art Program. Working in conjunction with leading members of the Kansas City business and arts communities, the Hunt family and the Chiefs are assembling a world-class collection of artwork in select spaces at Arrowhead Stadium produced by artists from the surrounding region, including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The program is designed to help promote regional culture, provide educational opportunities for the youth of Kansas City and engage the community in a way that touches individuals of all ages and walks of life.

Hunt's proven business acumen, coupled with two decades of experience working side-by-side with his father, one of America's sports pioneers, helped shape his vision for the storied franchise.

Clark Hunt, John Dorsey

"Our fans are the foundation of the Chiefs, and our goal is to provide them with a team that can consistently compete for championships and the best game-day experience in the National Football League," Hunt said.

To meet that goal, Hunt and his family committed $125 million to the renovation of Arrowhead Stadium - an extensive modernization project that will keep Kansas City "The Home of the Chiefs" for decades to come. The $375-million renovation provides Chiefs fans with the first-class amenities of the finest sports venues in the world while maintaining the distinct soul and mystique that makes Arrowhead one of the most iconic stadiums in the NFL.

Over the last several years, Hunt has emerged as a leading voice among NFL owners. Hunt was one of 10 NFL owners charged by Commissioner Roger Goodell with negotiating the NFL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement which was completed in 2011. Commissioner Goodell praised Hunt's ability to find creative compromises throughout the process and for his leadership in the negotiations.

"[Clark] had a critical role in getting [the] agreement completed and getting us back to football," Commissioner Goodell said in August 2011. "He is very credible, very smart and has a very strong ability to listen and find solutions. He was very effective with both sides. The players clearly expressed that to me, and the owners have expressed that to me. He has, obviously, not only my respect but, obviously, the respect of everyone involved in the negotiations."

In 2006, Hunt was asked to serve on the eight-member Commissioner Search Committee which recommended a successor to Paul Tagliabue. In 2007, Commissioner Goodell appointed Hunt to the NFL's Digital Media and International Committees, as well as the Executive Committee of the NFL Management Council. In 2011, Hunt was named chairman of the International Committee and joined the league's Finance Committee.

The Dallas, Texas, native is also a founding investor-operator in Major League Soccer. Hunt serves as Chairman of Hunt Sports Group, the parent company that oversees the operations of both the FC Dallas and Columbus Crew franchises. Hunt is actively involved in the continued growth of MLS and serves as a member of the MLS Board of Governors appointed to the Commissioner's Executive Committee.

Clark Kids

(Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt helped deliver Christmas gifts to over 1,300 elementary school students in Joplin, Mo.)

Since 2000, Hunt Sports Group has celebrated eight championships with three different MLS clubs, including the 2000 (Kansas City) and 2008 (Columbus) MLS Cup Championships. Hunt Sports Group clubs also claimed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2002 (Columbus) and 2004 (Kansas City), and earned the MLS Supporters' Shield - awarded to the MLS club with the best regular-season record four times.

In addition to the success on the pitch, Hunt Sports Group has also been at the forefront of stadium development in the United States. In 1999, the Hunt family constructed Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio - the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. In 2005, Hunt Sports Group opened FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco,Texas, which is widely regarded as one of the world's most unique soccer facilities. The stadium has served as a model for soccer-specific stadiums in North America.

Hunt graduated first in his class at Southern Methodist University in 1987, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. He was a two-time recipient of the university's highest academic honor, the Provost Award for Outstanding Scholar. During his career, he was a four-year letterman on the Mustangs nationally-ranked soccer team, earning first-team Academic All-America honors as a junior and senior and serving as a tri-captain his final season. He was named one of the SMU Cox School of Business Outstanding Young Alumni in 2004, and in 2005, he was appointed to the Cox School Executive Board of Trustees. Hunt currently serves on the SMU Board of Trustees.

Clark Knobel Hunt graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas in 1983. He is married to the former Tavia Shackles of Kansas City. The Hunts are actively involved in numerous philanthropic initiatives in both Kansas City and Dallas, including Harvesters and Lift Up America, as well as the annual Chiefs Charity Game.

In its 27th year, the Chiefs Charity Game is one of the many Kansas City traditions started by the Hunt family and is the longest-running and most successful charity game in the NFL. This initiative provides a local charity with the unique opportunity to expand its capacity to help those in need through the proceeds of the game. Last season's Chiefs Charity Game raised $550,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. In September 2012, the Hunts served as honorary chairs for the 2012 "Treads & Threads" charity event benefiting The University of Kansas Hospital.

As part of the Chiefs celebration of 50 years in Kansas City, Hunt served as the featured speaker at the 10th Annual American Royal Business and Scholarship Luncheon, joining scholarship winners and the business community to kick off the American Royal Season, which has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899.

In April 2013, Hunt and his family received the Metropolitan Community College 'Five Star Award' for their significant contributions to the Kansas City community over the last five decades.

Hunt was also recognized as a Community SuperStar by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City for his commitment to the city through athletics and charitable giving in 2013.

The Hunts have three children - Gracelyn, Knobel and Ava.

Ownership of 50-Plus Years

 

Hunt Family Portrait

The Hunt Family: (left to right) Sharron Hunt, Lamar Jr., Lamar, Clark and Daniel Hunt.

The Chiefs are one of only six current NFL franchises that have been owned by the same individual family for over 50 years.